Ahead of the upcoming Gujarat elections, renowned OBC leader Alpesh Thakore announced that he would soon join the Congress. He made this announcement after meeting party vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday.
Convenor of the Gujarat OBC Ekta Manch, Alpesh Thakore seems to have a strong appeal among backward classes. He has also worked actively on drug de-addiction in the state.
Accompanied by Congress general secretary in-charge of Gujarat Ashok Gehlot and state unit chief Bharatsinh Solanki, Thakore met party vice-president at the latter’s residence on Saturday evening.
“Rahul Gandhi would be coming to our rally on October 23 and I will join the Congress party,” Thakore said after meeting Gandhi.
The Congress had been wooing caste-based leaders Hardik Patel, Jignesh Mavani and Thakore in poll-bound Gujarat, with Solanki inviting them to join hands to defeat the ruling BJP. The Congress is out of power in Gujarat for 22 years.
Meanwhile, Patidar leaders Reshma Patel and Varun Patel joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday, ANI reported.
Both the leaders met BJP president Amit Shah at the party office in Ahmedabad before joining the party.